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Mud from an Amphora

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This sediment is from amphorae taken at Ashkelon Excavations in the Mediterranean shipwreck sites of either Tanit or Elissa -- both from 8th century B.C. See a photomosaic of the seafloor at the wreck site: Amphorae on Mediterranean Seafloor

Cork rotted, sediment flowed in, humans excavated and tested, learning that wine once filled the clay vessels. A chemist passed it to an engineer who passed it to a potter.



Shipwrecked carriers of Wine ~ 8th Century B.C.
Shipwrecked carriers of Wine ~ 8th Century B.C.

10.25" x 3"

Says, "Amphora sediment from Mediterranean seafloor, 8th Century B.C., shipwrecked carriers of wine, Tanit or Elissa, off Ashkelon." Matte and shiny green are glazes assembled from refined materials. Sediment is applied thickly interior and thinkly exterior. Seaglass center. The glaze has some bumps and gassey pinholes -- no surprise for an unrefined material such as this. And who knows what fragments are suspended in the sediment? Maybe yeast still alive from that wine, thinks Patricia Gadsby, a molecular gastronomist. Green matte and shiny glazes assembled from refined materials.


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BL-08US$325.00
Human Stories in Thihs Source
Human Stories in Thihs Source

10" x 3.25"

This material came from amphora that were lifted from Ashkelon Excavations. The sediment is applied thinly on the back and thickly inside the bowl. I sieved some of the mud and fired the granules before placing them in the center of the bowl to be glaze-fired. Rim and foot are glazes assembled from refined materials.


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BL-133US$525.00
Carriers of Wine 8th Century B.C.
Carriers of Wine 8th Century B.C.

8" high x 5.5" wide

Says, "Mediterranean 8th Century B.C. carriers of wine, Phoenician shipwreck". The sediment glaze covers most of the exterior -- the branching pattern it makes self-assembles during firing. Interior glaze of celadon and exterior copper green are both assembled from refined materials. Blue seaglass in the lid.


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JR187US$425.00
Amphora Sediment ~ Carriers of Wine
Amphora Sediment ~ Carriers of Wine

4.75" x 2.5"

On porcelain clay is the sediment glaze from Ashkelon Excavations. Copper green glaze assembled from refined materialks. Sea-glass center.


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5-BL65US$350.00
8th Century Amphora Carriers of Wine
8th Century Amphora Carriers of Wine

5.5" x 3.25"

On Stoneware clay, reddish golden area is the sediment glaze.


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5-MG20US$125.00
Phoenician Wreck on Porcelain
Phoenician Wreck on Porcelain

4.75" x 3.5"


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5-MG18US$150.00
Shipwrecks: Tanit or Elissa (?) on Porcelain
Shipwrecks: Tanit or Elissa (?) on Porcelain

4.25" x 3"

"8th Century B.C. shipwreck, carriers of wine, Tanit or Elissa", is what's written above the sediment glaze. Interior white and copper green band are glazes assembled from refined materials. Glass from an Egyptian market mixed with clear sea-glass melted in the thumb-well.


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FA-21US$175.00